If you’re looking for a nice getaway at a city by the water that’s balanced nicely with escapes in nature, Vancouver is definitely your spot. Here’s my travel guide to Vancouver, Canada.
OUR ITINERARY (click link for blog post):
Day 1: Granville Island (touching on Gastown)
Day 2 Part 1: Grouse Mountain
Day 2 Part 2: Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville
Day 3&4: Granville Island, Granville (touching on Yaletown)
Click here to see all of the places we ate in Vancouver and which ones we really recommend.
***Our best tip is to use the Google Maps app on your phone. Plan in advance, and bookmark all of the locations that you want to see – you can even bookmark restaurants if you’ve been researching those too. When you get to a landmark, check your Google Map to see what other places you’ve bookmarked that are in that vicinity. We typically would cluster our stars visually and spend the entire day in one or two “clusters” so we don’t waste time bouncing around town. With a tot in tow however, make sure to prioritize what you want to see/do in each area. It’s likely you won’t get to do everything on your list, but at least you’ll hit the stuff that’s really important to you.
WHERE WE STAYED:
We booked an Airbnb right by Granville street near the Nordstrom’s. It was the PERFECT location, however, it’s good to note that Airbnb remains low-key in the city as several areas/buildings are not allowed to use the service. Any spot in Granville is great though because you’ll feel more in the heart of the city and can access public transportation easily.
HOW WE GOT AROUND:
We did everything using their public transportation system. We bought the card for the SkyTrain and filled it with the day-pass each morning, and we used Google maps to tell us which stations to go to in order to get to our destination. It was incredibly easy. The city has a great (and clean!) public transportation system. To-and-from the airport, we used the SkyTrain.
PHRASES TO LEARN:
This area of Canada speaks almost entirely in English, but you will find French translations for a lot of things. We did learn that the Canadian word for “bachelorette” was “stagette,” but other than that, don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”!
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
The weather was very fickle during this season, so be sure to bring a coat and maybe even an umbrella. The weather had a tendency to change the night before so days that we didn’t plan for rain ended up raining and vice-versa.
If you’re staying in Granville and you arrive too early to check-in, there is a concierge desk at Nordstrom’s that will hold your baggage for free as you shop. Feel free to tip afterwards 🙂
Visit the different neighborhoods and enjoy the local food! Wine and pretty much everything we ate that belongs on a charcuterie plate was amazing and all made locally. Take a food tour if you can!
ONE THING WE WISH WE DID:
I had planned for our last day to wander in beautiful Stanley Park, but it was raining pretty steadily that date which is why we changed our plans. I went once with my family years ago, and it’s definitely worth a visit!